If you are suddenly experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, you may be developing a cavity. Robert Hansen, DDS, at Hansen Dental Care in Pasadena, California, uses an innovative DIAGNOdent™ machine that expertly pinpoints where your tooth decay lies, so he can fill your cavity and help you resume your day-to-day activities. Call or book an appointment today to learn more.
Tooth decay occurs when the enamel on your teeth is destroyed due to plaque, a film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth. When you eat sugary foods or fail to brush your teeth properly, the bacteria in plaque can begin attacking your enamel, sometimes resulting in tooth decay and cavities.
When left untreated, tooth decay can lead to cavities — permanently damaged areas of your enamel. They are most often caused by:
Because cavities are permanent, they will only worsen and grow larger without proper care. They are most common in children, but cavities can affect anyone, so it’s important to schedule regular visits with your dentist.
If you are suffering from tooth decay or cavities, Dr. Hansen will likely recommend fillings — a dental procedure in which your decay is removed and replaced with a filling material.
Dr. Hansen offers different types of fillings to suit your unique needs and lifestyle, including:
Composite resin fillings are designed to match the color and feel of your natural teeth for a better look and more comfortable feel. The ingredients used in these types of fillings are mixed and placed into your cavity, where they harden and take on the appearance of your natural teeth.
Porcelain fillings are produced in a lab and expertly bonded to your teeth, almost completely covering your decayed tooth. Not only can they be matched to the color of your natural teeth, but they are also relatively stain resistant.
Like porcelain fillings, gold fillings are created in a lab before they are cemented into place over your decayed teeth. While gold fillings can last for up to 20 years, they are often the most expensive type of filling.
More noticeable than composite resin, porcelain, or gold fillings, silver fillings are not typically used for conspicuous areas, such as your front teeth.
Call Hansen Dental Care or book an appointment online today for more information on fillings.